In Burkina Faso, 70 percent of infant deaths are caused by “preventable” diseases, the country’s health ministry announced in a statement released Wednesday.
The statement added that children aged below five years from poor families have a 50 percent chance of dying compared to those from the rich families.
The health ministry said it was taking bold measures to increase the number of health structures as well as ensure improved quality of service at public, private and traditional medical centers.
In 2014, official statistics showed that Burkina Faso had 1,606 health and social promotion centers, 155 dispensaries and isolated maternity centers, 32 medical centers, 45 district hospitals and 9 regional hospital centers.
There were 78 private hospitals offering clinical services and 306 private health facilities with no capacity to provide complex medical treatment.
However, Burkina Faso’s health ministry announced last month that starting June 9, 2015, it will shut down private health centers that have been operating illegally. Enditem